40 years of helping children.
40 years of helping children.

Body Safety Training

[Duration: 90 minutes] Explore protection from common child safety concerns, and empower children to be The Boss of their bodies. Can be attended by students and school personnel. To schedule this presentation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Human Trafficking Training

[Duration: 120 minutes] Defining this epidemic; understanding its negative impact; identifying and egnaging victims; and mandated reporting. Can be attended by middle school-aged students and school personnel. To schedule this presentation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mandated Reporter Training

We provide training for Mandated Reporters in-person and online. For more information on these options, click here.

Online Safety Training

[Duration: 90 minutes] Teaching children how to protect their personal information online; dealing with online harassment; recognizing risk; and reporting victimization to adults. For students. To schedule this presentation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Early Head Start

Our Family Educators make weekly home visits to our Early Head Start participants. This program is for low-income and at-risk families with infants and toddlers, and provides parents with the necessary tools and skills to raise happy, healthy kids. Children and parents benefit from our Early Head start home visits, developmental activities, referrals to community services, and health screenings.

For information on enrolling in Early Head Start, call Billie Ragland at 248.332.7173, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email.

 

Nurturing Oakland Parents

Nurturing Oakland Parents brings parents and kids together to help bridge gaps and build empathy. Over fifteen weeks, at risk families with kids aged 5-12 will come to CARE House, share a meal, and break into groups. The parents will meet for guided discussions designed to reinforce values like empathy, positive self-worth, open communication and empowerment of children. At the same time, the kids will participate in volunteer-led play groups which mirror the themes of each weekly discussion. The structure of the program helps to strengthen familial bonds, and to establish new ones among program participants.

To learn more about Nurturing Oakland Parents, click here. If you're interested in enrolling in Nurturing Oakland Parents, call Sheronda McDonald at 248.332.7173, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email.

Caring 4 Kids

[Duration: 90 minutes] Explore who abusers are; the grooming process; signs and symptoms; short and long-term consequences; and how to prevent abuse. To schedule a Caring 4 Kids presentation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stewards of Children

[Duration: 120 minutes, with breaks] Developed by Darkness 2 Light, this more in-depth and comprehensive abuse prevention training combines an informational presentation with videos of real individuals about their experiences protecting children from abuse. To schedule a Stewards of Children presentation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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CARE House currently offers the following programs:

Court-Appointed Special Advocates [CASA]: Children in foster care undergo an incredible amount of stress and uncertainty in what should be a calm and stable time in their lives. Our Court Appointed Special Advocates program provides these children with much needed consistency, with volunteers providing guidance and support in and out of court proceedings, until the child leaves the system.

In 2016, 84 children in Oakland County foster care benefitted from CASA services. Click here for more information on how to become a CASA.

 

Early Head Start: Our Family Educators make weekly home visits to our Early Head Start participants. This program is for low-income and at-risk families with infants and toddlers, and provides parents with the necessary tools and skills to raise happy, healthy kids. Children and parents benefit from our Early Head start home visits, developmental activities, referrals to community services, and health screenings. This program is vital to breaking the cycle of abuse.

108 infants and toddlers are currently enrolled in CARE House’s Early Head Start program. For information about enrolling in Early Head Start, click here.

 

Intervention and Treatment: When police and Children's Protective Services receive reports of suspected child abuse, we provide forensic interviews for those children at our facility. Police and CPS attend the interview, which is designed to avoid re-traumatizing the child. We also provide therapy for these children and their non-offending family members. In addition to individual therapy sessions, we have a weekly Family Support Group, and a Teen Girl Survivor Group, a 12-week program for teen girls ages 13-18 who identify as survivors of sexual assault which creates a safe environment for the participants, and helps them to navigate the process of recovery from sexual abuse. For child abuse victims, our Intervention and Treatment program offers a critical first step on the road to healing and an opportunity for children to reclaim their lives.

In 2016, CARE House provided 852 forensic interviews and 2,841 individual therapy sessions for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.

 

Nurturing Oakland Parents: Starting in 2018, Nurturing Oakland Parents brings parents and kids together to help bridge gaps and build empathy. Over fifteen weeks, at risk families with kids aged 5-12 will come to CARE House, share a meal, and break into groups. The parents will meet for guided discussions designed to reinforce values like empathy, positive self-worth, open communication and empowerment of children. At the same time, the kids will participate in volunteer-led play groups which mirror the themes of each weekly discussion. The structure of the program helps to strengthen familial bonds, and to establish new ones among program participants.

To learn more about Nurturing Oakland Parents, click here.

 

Prevention Education: Child abuse is so widespread, with 1 in 10 children being sexually abused before they turn 18, it’s likely someone you know will be affected by it. Our Prevention program aims to teach children and adults to recognize the signs of abuse and to take proper action. By educating our community, we gain the power to collectively stop abuse in its tracks.

In 2016, 3,784 adults and 52 children participated in prevention trainings. Click here for more information on our training offerings.

 

There are 1.24 million people living in Oakland County.

 

273,000 of them are children.

 

1 in 10 of those children will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

 

CARE House of Oakland County is a children’s advocacy center, providing first rate services to victims of child abuse and neglect. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency based in Pontiac, Michigan, serving the residents of Oakland County Michigan. Founded in 1977 as the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, we currently offer an array of programs focused on the identification and treatment of child abuse victims, and on child abuse prevention.

 

Our mission is to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment, in collaboration with the community. Our vision is to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County through intervention, prevention and treatment.

 

We offer all of our programs at no cost to our clients. For a description of our programs, click here.

To view our Impact Statement, click here.

To take a tour of CARE House, click here.

For our current Board of Directors, click here.

For Employment Opportunities, click here.

For our Financials, click here.

For Stories from our clients and volunteers, click here.

For Upcoming Events, click here.

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Early Head Start

Our Family Educators make weekly home visits to our Early Head Start participants. This program is for low-income and at-risk families with infants and toddlers, and provides parents with the necessary tools and skills to raise happy, healthy kids. Children and parents benefit from our Early Head start home visits, developmental activities, referrals to community services, and health screenings.

For information on enrolling in Early Head Start, call Billie Ragland at 248.332.7173, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email.

 

Nurturing Oakland Parents

Nurturing Oakland Parents brings parents and kids together to help bridge gaps and build empathy. Over fifteen weeks, at risk families with kids aged 5-12 will come to CARE House, share a meal, and break into groups. The parents will meet for guided discussions designed to reinforce values like empathy, positive self-worth, open communication and empowerment of children. At the same time, the kids will participate in volunteer-led play groups which mirror the themes of each weekly discussion. The structure of the program helps to strengthen familial bonds, and to establish new ones among program participants.

To learn more about Nurturing Oakland Parents, click here.

Body Safety Training

Human Trafficking Training

Mandated Reporter Training

Online Safety Training

 

 

Caring 4 Kids

Stewards of Children

Child abuse is a topic no one wants to talk about.

It's uncomfortable. It's embarrassing. It draws attention to how vulnerable we are as parents and as communities.

But just imagine the impact we could have if we all talked openly about this problem. When we talk about the issue of child abuse and take steps to keep children safe, we can create responsible, proactive communities where there is no place for perpetrators to have access to abuse children.

We believe in our vision to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County.
Through our child abuse prevention programs, we work to make that vision closer to reality.

Let's talk about it...

Prevention Programs for Families

Trainings for Adults and Parents

Trainings for Community Organizations and Schools

Trainings for Mandated Reporters

Community Outreach Team

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